Recently USA Today shared a list of 27 Easy Ways to Sleep Better Tonight. Based on our experience, here are the 10 most unusual suggestions for gaining better sleep:
- Magnesium - Research suggests magnesium plays a large role in people’s ability to sleep through the night. Some magnesium-rich foods include pumpkin seeds, spinach and Swiss chard. Supplements can also be taken a half hour before bed for a similar effect.
- Chamomile tea - This can help reduce anxiety that might make it difficult to sleep.
- Regulate caffeine intake - Try to get your caffeine fix in the morning and early afternoon. Drinking caffeinated beverages to close to bed can lead to a restless night.
- Avoid tossing and turning - If you’ve been lying in bed awake for 20 minutes or more, get out of bed and try a relaxing activity. The article suggested reading a book or listening to mellow music.
- Check your medications - Some medicine can lead to minor sleep problems. Be sure to ask your doctor if a prescription might be the culprit to a sleepless night.
- Leave the animals at the door - Pets can often times interfere with sleep. If they’ve been leading to discomfort at night, be sure to snuggle up with them before bed and let them sleep in a pet bed or crate. (Take a look at a guest post from pet expert, Colleen Paige, on how to make your bed pet friendly, if you just can’t make it through the night without them.)
- Turn around the alarm clock - Clock watching can cause stress and make it much harder to fall asleep. In addition, the artificial light from electronics can mess up the circadian rhythm, tricking the body into thinking it’s time to get up.
- Lavender - This natural scent can sometimes be an antidote to insomnia. Trying burning lavender-scented candles before bed or using lavender-scented lotions to ease into a peaceful slumber.
- Progressive muscle relaxation - This technique of tensing the muscles in an isolated area of your body, holding for a five count and then relaxing, can serve as a night time meditation. Move around to various areas of your body and don’t forget to control your breathing during the exercise.
- Fresh air - Exposure to sunlight during the day helps regulate the body’s internal clock. Exposing yourself to sunlight during the day can help fight fatigue and can lead to lead to increased sleepiness at bedtime.
For the full list, visit USAToday.com.